We were hiking with our dog Mattie on a hot summer day in Garland Ranch Park in Carmel Valley, where they allow dogs to be off-leash. Mattie was trotting ahead of us on the hiking path to get out of the sun and wait for us in the shade under the next large tree. As she approached what looked like a stick in the path, it coiled up, hissed, and rattled at her! Mattie stopped in her tracks, right near the agitated rattlesnake. I immediately called out her emergency recall command, and she promptly ran back to me. I gave her lots of praise and treats as the snake slithered off into the bushes. I put her leash back on, and we continued safely along our way.
Thank you, Sandi, Cindie, Irene and Janee, for helping us train for emergency recall! I am so glad we trained this skill and practice it regularly.